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2-time world champion Kylie Masse named top Canadian female swimmer

Two-time world 100-metre backstroke champion Kylie Masse has been named Swimming Canada's top female swimmer for a third straight year.

23-year-old takes honour for 3rd straight year

Kylie Masse became the first Canadian to win back-to-back gold medals at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Two-time world 100-metre backstroke champion Kylie Masse has been named Swimming Canada's top female swimmer for a third straight year.

The 23-year-old from LaSalle, Ont., became the first Canadian to win back-to-back world championships gold medals when she defended her 100 backstroke title at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Masse has won every major 100-metre backstroke race she has entered since her bronze-medal performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

She won the event in a then-record time of 58.10 seconds at the 2017 world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Masse added bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 2019 world championships and also helped the women's 4x100 medley relay team finish third.

"It's always an honour," Masse said in a statement. "It's important for me to be proud and be happy with my success in the past but also continue to look forward and continue to work hard and see what I can improve on.

"I think it only gets harder. I will continue to push myself day in and day out to continue to improve myself."

Masse's road to 2020 Tokyo Games will begin with the Olympic and Paralympic Trials in April.

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Kylie Masse of Lasalle, Ont., became the first Canadian to win an event at the International Swimming League, when she won the women’s 200-metre backstroke with a personal best time of 2:01.89. 2:39

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